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WABI SABI California eroded beach boulder.

“Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional.”

Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren

Layers of plaster and paint on a demolished buildings wall. This also qualifies as "palimpsest", the traces of former use, layered in a collage of time.

This isn't unsightly, it's patina.

Wide spaced board form with randomly broken concrete overflow at Bayview Hill.

The concept of wabi sabi is impossible to define exactly in English.

The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete" (according to Leonard Koren in the book Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers).

Polished concrete floor with construction process palimpsest.

Polished concrete floor with construction process palimpsest.

red beans

FIBER: Ozark Handspun artisan-crafted yarn.

FIBER: A frayed ferry rope in Istanbul.

An industrial floor in Oakland.

A cell wall at Alcatraz Prison.

A cell wall at Alcatraz Prison.

An industrial floor in Oakland.

This isn't unsightly, it's patina.

A cell wall at Alcatraz Prison.

A cell wall at Alcatraz Prison.

An industrial floor in Oakland.

An industrial floor in Oakland.

WABI SABI: Demolished building in Muskegon Michigan.

WABI SABI The floor of a demolished building in Muskegon, Michigan.

WABI SABI Post tensioned tendon mapping at the West Oakland BART station.

WABI SABI beach stones.

WABI SABI plaster wall with shadow in Vietnam.

WABI SABI California eroded beach boulder.

WABI SABI California costal forest moss.

Wide spaced board form with randomly broken concrete overflow at Bayview Hill.

Polished concrete floor with construction process palimpsest.

Polished concrete floor with construction process palimpsest.

stabilized gravel.

My daughter Claire Baker is a painter who assembled this Wabi Sabi still life as a source image.

Ritual Roasters crema.

FIBER: A frayed ferry rope in Istanbul.

FIBER: Ozark Handspun artisan-crafted yarn.

Layers of plaster and paint on a demolished buildings wall. This also qualifies as "palimpsest", the traces of former use, layered in a collage of time.

red beans

Felt scarves.